Mathematics/Further Mathematics (Edexcel)

Why study this course?

Mathematics is a very versatile and highly regarded qualification for the vast majority of University courses and at Malbank we provide a number of options to suit individual requirements. Mathematics develops a number of personal transferable skills such as problem solving. There is a good mix of experience and innovation amongst the teaching staff, and students are extremely well supported both in and outside of lessons. In 2013, results showed a fantastic 100% pass rate with 75% of pupils grades A* to C.

How is the course structured?

Single A-Level in Mathematics

In year 12 all students study the Core 1 and Core 2 units and one applied unit (Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1). This combination means that students will have an AS level in Mathematics at the end of the year.

In Year 13 all students study the Core 3 and Core 4 units and another different applied unit (Mechanics 1 or 2 or Statistics 1 or 2). These 6 units constitute the full A-level.

In both years the course is timetabled over 9 lessons per fortnight.

Single A-Level in Mathematics with an AS in Further Mathematics

In year 12, students will study 5 units (Core 1, Core 2, Core 3, Mechanics 1, and Decision 1). The Decision Maths and Mechanics modules are taught in ‘Option K.' Students will therefore have completed the equivalent of an AS level by the end of the year and have two units to carry over in to year 13.

In year 13 students go on to study 4 further units. These are Core 4, Further Pure 1, and one other ‘applied' unit.

This course is also timetabled over 9 lessons per fortnight plus, in year 12, an additional 2 lessons per week in ‘Option K' for the year.

A-Level in Mathematics with A-Level Further Mathematics

Timetabled over 18 lessons per fortnight, students will study 12 modules over the two years. These are; Core 1, Core 2, Core 3, Core 4, Statistics 1, Statistics 2, Mechanics 1, Mechanics 2, Further Pure 1, Further Pure 2, Decision 1 and Decision 2

For all options the unit exams are 1hr 30 mins and 6 units are taken in May/June of Y12 and 6 units in June of Y13. Each unit is worth 1/6 of a full A-level.

What are the entry requirements?

Students choosing Mathematics for the single A-level will need to have studied the Higher Tier at GCSE and attained a minimum of a grade B.

Students opting for the Maths A-level including the additional qualification in AS Further Mathematics should have an A or A* at GCSE and having the Additional Maths GCSE qualification is also a distinct advantage. This is a more intense course covering 9 units over the two years in the same number of lessons as pupils sitting the single A-level (6 units). This is a course for students who really enjoy Maths, have a strong independent work ethic, can cope with a slightly increased workload and do not wish to take up two A-level options for Maths.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Students opting for the main Science A-levels often opt for Mathematics. In particular, Biology goes well with the Statistics component of the Maths A-level, Physics with Mechanics and Business Studies and Economics with Decision Maths.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Maths graduates go on to a very wide variety of careers such as; Accounting, Engineering, Construction, Architecture, Business Consultancy, Banking, Teaching. The list is endless!

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Logical thinking and structured problem solving
  • Algebraic manipulation at a more advanced level
  • Drawing conclusions from statistical analysis
  • Statistical Modelling to calculate probabilities
  • Using mathematics to make crucial business decisions
  • Modelling real life problems to find solutions

What Extra Opportunities are available?

All A-level students have the opportunity to do the Senior Maths challenge, run by the UKMT. Students are also offered the opportunity to attend Revision days at Manchester University as well as the numerous after school and holiday workshops run by the department in the run up to external exams. Peer mentoring is also undertaken by some students to support pupils in KS3 and KS4.